Jess Hurd


"There is still racism going on, but it’s undercover. "

Montgomery, Alabama

In Montgomery Alabama I met James Charles Jr, the first black taxi driver in the city.

“I started in 77. Back in the 60’s there were no black drivers or black riders in Yellow Cabs.”

“There is still racism going on, but it’s undercover. It could be better if the people tried to love each other more and leave all that hatred alone.”

“We marched from Selma to Montgomery, it was a good march and it was a bad march. A lot of people died, a lot of people got dog-bit, a lot of people went to jail, but we made it to Montgomery.”

“It wasn’t about white, it wasn’t about black. It was about being free to go wherever you want to go in the State of Montgomery. Before the march we couldn’t go into certain restaurants, we could not go in certain theatres…but after all the marching was over we could.”

“I knew Rosa Parks, she was a lady, she didn’t bother anyone. Only thing she did was sit on that bus. She was asked to move to the back of the bus, she refused to go. They arrested her, took her to jail, fingerprint her and she were released.”

“If you pay for a bus ride you got the right to sit where you want to sit.”

“As a black woman, she was a great woman, a beautiful woman, a strong woman, that’s what we need more of.”

“I fear that Obama as President of the United States is like any other man, he can only do so much, whoever wins it gonna take time to build the United States back up again, with the war and everything.”                

“I just pray to God that whoever wins will try to help the poor people, will try to get the gas prices down and help the people that really need help.”

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